Newsletter April 2018
What Easter Means to Me Has it sunk in yet? The message of Easter; He is Risen! He is alive! When I ponder what Easter means to me, the first word that comes to my mind is FREEDOM! In John 8:31-32, “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Four verses later Jesus would say, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Calendar April 2018
Asher Newsletter March 2018
Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Greetings in the name of our Risen Savior! We pray that you all had a most joyous Easter celebration and that the joy of Christ's victory remains in your hearts. We had a great Divine Service with several visiting families, followed by Sunday School and a fellowship dinner. It was all an important time for all who are so far away from home to celebrate with our church family.
Newsletter March 2018
Good Shepherd is going through a REVIVAL! We have started a new discipleship process that will take two years to complete. In our next session we will explore dysfunctional church leadership models: Staff Run Church Model, Desperate Volunteer Model, and the Chaos Model.
Calendar March 2018
Newsletter February 2018
The season of Lent is a time to reflect and repent. It’s a time to confess our sins as we prepare for Holy Week. But it’s also a time to confess our faith. It’s a time to prepare to give a reason for why Holy Week is so important. That’s what this Lenten Series tries to do. It aims to equip us to confess our faith before a lost and dying world.
Calendar February 2018
Newsletter January 2018
The Good News! As I write this another year is coming to a close; 2017 is history; one year is gone and another has begun. It’s that time of the year when many people make resolutions. So what improvements and goals have you set for yourself for the New Year?
Calendar January 2018
Newsletter December 2017
Advent Services Wednesdays at 6:30 PM December 6th, 13th, and 20th
Calendar December 2017
Newsletter November 2017
500 on the 500th! More than 500 people attended Good Shepherd’s REFORMATION FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 29th at the Ft. Walton Beach Landing. What an exciting commemoration it was! A big THANK YOU to all of you who made this event a great success! And give thanks to the Lord for He is good! Pray that the seeds of God’s Word that were planted will grow!
Calendar November 2017
Asher Newsletter October 2017
“I Wanna Go To Sunday School!” It looked like any two-year-old temper tantrum. Nick clenched his fists, furrowed his eyebrows, stomped his feet and shouted, “No!” We watched as his father tried to usher him into the car. But Nick continued, “I want to go to Sunday School!”
Newsletter October 2017
The origin of the expression “Your goose is cooked” is from Jon Huss’s last words before he was burned at the stake for espousing that Scripture alone is the basis for spiritual authority and not councils nor traditions. An hundred years later in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther was the swan to Huss’s goose.
Calendar October 2017
Newsletter September 2017
Love for One Another By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35 1975 Eloise - 1995 Erin - 1995 Opal - 2000 Helene - 2001 Barry - 2004 Ivan - 2005 Dennis These are the names of just some of the hurricanes that have hit our area. Help poured in from our neighbors.
Calendar September 2017
Newsletter August 2017
August 6 “Second Breakfast 13 “Go Walk the Beans” 20 "Washing Dishes with Billy Graham” 27 “Trick Riding”
Calendar August 2017
Asher Newsletter Jun-July 2017
That is the title of a book by Mark Twain that Jennie just finished reading. Our readers who speak German know that it translates, “The awful German language.” As Mark Twain traveled to Southern Germany to overcome severe writer’s block he found great inspiration here, but he also found exasperation with learning the language. The articles that often don’t make sense (Did you know that in Germany a young woman is neither masculine nor feminine while a turnip is feminine?), the cases, the word endings – all present their challenges.
Newsletter July 2017
This summer I will be sharing the STORIES AND LESSONS FROM THE FARM I grew up on in Texas, and what it taught me through them.
Calendar July 2017
Newsletter June 2017
Summer Sermon Series Stories and Lessons from the Farm Jesus lived in an agricultural society where most people would have lived on a farm, worked with crops, or owned livestock. His audiences would have included shepherds, vine growers, farmers, and orchard workers. Jesus often used stories to teach spiritual lessons. It is an effective way to teach because people remember stories.
Calendar June 2017
Newsletter May 2017
2017 Summer Sermon Series -- Stories and Lessons from the Farm-- Jesus lived in an agricultural society where most people would have lived on a farm, worked with crops, or owned livestock. His audiences would have included shepherds, vine growers, farmers, and orchard workers.
Calendar May 2017
Newsletter April 2017
When I was a child my siblings and I looked forward to Easter morning. When we woke up on Easter it was a lot like waking up on Christmas morning, but instead of running into the living room to look under the tree we would look out our bedroom window to get a peek at what the Easter Bunny left for us in the yard: brightly colored eggs sitting in nests of artificial grass. We weren’t allowed to scoop them up until we were ready for church.
Calendar April 2017
Newsletter March 2017
The Christian church starts with repentance. Rev. Matthew Harrison, President of the LCMS, said it this way, “The greatest eras in the history of the Church have all begun with repentance. Those times when the Gospel of free forgiveness by faith in Jesus Christ has shone brightest in missionary witness and expansion—in a burning desire to care for the weak and needy with Christ’s own mercy, and in zealous and creative endeavors in church life and organization—have all begun with the preaching of repentance.
Calendar March 2017
Newsletter February 2017
As we begin a New Year I’m reminded of what a wonderful privilege it is to serve you. Thank you! St. Paul put it this way in Philippians 1:3-5 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
Calendar February 2017
Newsletter January 2017
Snoopy Was One Smart Dog. Snoopy, the dog made famous in Charles Schultz’s Peanuts Comic strips, occasionally visited his cousin Spike who lived in the California desert. Spike’s sparse desert diet had made him a very skinny dog. Snoopy’s first question when visiting Spike was, “When does supper come?” He is shocked and dismayed by the reply. “Supper doesn’t come in the desert. You have to go get it yourself.” Snoopy isn’t used to that kind of life. “Go get supper…? Phooey! I’m going home where Charlie Brown fills my bowl and feeds me regularly.”
Newsletter December 2016
Advent Services Wednesdays at 6:30 PM November 30th, December 7th, and 14th
Newsletter November 2016
Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789 “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”